File Extension Library

.WHL File Extension

  • Developer by: Python
  • Category: Compressed Files
  • Format: Zip

What is an .WHL file?

.WHL file extension is created by Python. .WHL has been classified as Compressed Files. The format of .WHL file is Zip.

.WHL is Python Wheel Package

A WHL file is a package saved in the Wheel format, which is the standard built-package format used for Python distributions. It contains all the files for a Python install and metadata, which includes the version of the wheel implementation and specification used to package it. WHL files are compressed using Zip compression.

The Wheel format was introduced in PEP 427, which is a Python Enhancement Proposal authored by Daniel Holth and accepted in 2012. It was developed as a quicker and more reliable method of installing Python software than re-building from source code every time. WHL files only have to be moved to the correct location on the target system to be installed, whereas a source distribution requires a build step before installation.

There are three types of WHL files:

  • Universal Wheel - It only contains Python files, no compiled extensions, and natively supports Python 2 and 3.
  • Pure Python Wheel - It only contains Python files and no compiled extensions, but does not natively support Python 2 and 3.
  • Platform Wheel - It contains Python files and compiled extensions but does not natively support Python 2 and 3. This type of wheel is specific to a platform, such as Windows or macOS, because it contains compiled extensions.
List of all softwares that can open the Python Wheel Package
Python Software Foundation Python
Python Software Foundation Python
Python Software Foundation Python

How to Open .WHL file on different platforms

Open .WHL File on Windows

  • Right-click a .WHL
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .WHL file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .WHL files" Press "Ok"

Open .WHL File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .WHL file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .WHL File on Linux

Right click on the .WHL file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .WHL File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .WHL file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .WHL File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .WHL files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .WHL files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .WHL files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .WHL file format
  2. You need to check the .WHL file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)